This morning marks the first time I’ve taken the car to work in over a month, and it makes me grateful that I usually ride the bike.

It’s not that I’m out of practice driving, but the drive – short as it is – is very stressful. Parents taking their kids to school are big stress cases, little islands of rage and anger. And people who think that they’ll squeeze into an intersection just as the light is turning red, only to get nowhere due to traffic congestion – what are they thinking? So the 14-or-so seconds they may save mean a lot?

So tomorrow, I’m back on the bike for my commute. And I’ll remember to move the car to a non-street-cleaning side of the street next week.